Campus Dining

Location
Irvine, CA
Undergrads
21,881
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I feel sick every time I eat cafeteria food

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: People say Pippin is better than Mesa Commons, but Mesa Commons is awesome. They're literally equal. You can easily have your meals at Pippin if you wish so too...

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is good. But is kind of depends where you go. Some of the cafeterias are really good while others are horrible.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The meal plans aren't too pricey, i loved the food, although there are few dining halls compared too the size of the school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at dining is bearable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 91st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 145th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 161st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 181st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 251st
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hometown
Hawthorne, CA
Major
Business Economics
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On-campus dining at UCI is not exactly the Four Seasons, but then again, what college food really is? Yes, after months of the same food from the same menu, dining options can get really old really fast. However, many transfer students at UCI agree that the food on other campuses is not quite as good as the food here. One obvious benefit of on-campus dining at UCI is that there are not only dorm cafeterias (Pippin, Mesa Commons), but also the commuter and faculty cafeterias that serve some decent fast food, like Brandywine. Unfortunately, however, those places aren’t covered by your dining card and can be a bit pricey for many college students. Eventually, though, students might get sick of eating on campus and will have to dig into their pockets. Before this happens, though, try eating at Brandywine, which most students agree is about the best the meal plan has to offer.

If after trying all of the on-campus options—which you will probably accomplish in less than a year—you’re still famished for more, then you can always take on a low meal plan and walk to the University Town Center (UTC) and get some decent food. In-N-Out, Del Taco, and Taco Bell are all student favorites. Although many students gripe and complain about the repetitiveness of the dining hall menus, most will admit that UCI students have it better than students from other colleges.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
15
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
Brandywine
24-Hour Dining
None, but Cornerstone Café is open 24 hours during finals week.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Anthill Pub & Grille
Location: Student Center
Food: Pub food
Hours: Monday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
BC's Cavern on the Green
Location: Between Steinhaus Hall and Schneiderman Lecture Hall
Food: Deli, Italian, Mexican, salad bar, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bene's Pizza Pasta
Location: East Food Court in Student Center
Food: Pasta, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bistro By The Bridge
Location: Humanities Instructional Building
Food: Hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Brandywine
Location: Next to the Middle Earth basketball courts
Food: American, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
C3 (Convenience Store)
Location: Social Science Plaza A
Food: Coffee, grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Café Espresso
Location: In front of Reines Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Café Med
Location: School of Medicine at West Peltason and Academy Way
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cornerstone Café
Location: UCI Student Center
Food: Baked goods, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cyber A Café
Location: Arts Plaza
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Los Nietos
Location: Outside administration building on Ring Mall
Food: Asian, Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mesa Commons
Location: Mesa Court housing complex
Food: Buffet-style
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7:15 a.m.-9 a.m., 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday 7:15 a.m.-9 a.m., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-9 a.m., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Organic Greens-to-Go
Location: East Food Court in Student Center
Food: Salad
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phoenix Grille
Location: Between Social Science Hall and Engineering Tower
Food: Bagels, burritos, grill, snacks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pippin Commons
Location: Middle Earth housing complex
Food: Buffet-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Quiznos
Location: West Food Court in Student Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rice Garden
Location: West Food Court in Student Center
Food: Asian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Next to the bookstore
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tortilla Express
Location: West Food Court in Student Center
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The UCI Bookstore Convenience Store
Location: UCI Student Center
Food: Snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
University Club
Location: Between Physical Sciences Plaza and Engineering ICS plaza on Ring Mall
Food: Friday barbecues, full service dining room
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wendy's
Location: West Food Court in Student Center
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Zot-n-Go Market
Location: Student Center
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 131 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 44% Food Court in Student Center
  • 19% Pippin Commons
  • 12% Mesa Commons
  • 12% Starbucks
  • 6% I usually go to BC's Cavern.
  • 6% Phoenix Food Court

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 29% Meal swipes do not rollover
  • 24% No variety in choices
  • 12% Food is pretty unhealthy
  • 12% Food is bland and starts to all taste the same
  • 12% Food is sometimes very greasy
  • 12% Not much FlexDine

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 42% Food and limited swipes for under budget
  • 42% Food and possibility of unlimited swipes
  • 17% Unlimited swipes

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 70% Mesa Commons
  • 30% The food court near the Student Center
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